Vision Logo
Vision Logo

Keeping Hope and Faith During Childhood Cancer

by | Mon, May 31 2021

Text size: A- A+
[addthis tool="addthis_inline_share_toolbox_q56i"]
Simkins family
Simkins family. (Photo credit:

In January of 2009, Turner and Tara Simkins’ middle son, Brennan, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (“AML”, the most deadly form of childhood leukemia) on the eve of his 7th birthday.

In this Focus on the Family podcast (video and audio below) Turner and Tara share their story of finding hope in the midst of harrowing circumstances. Their concrete faith in God will inspire you to keep hope—even in situations where the odds seem utterly impossible to overcome.

More of their story…

It was a happy, normal family vacation — until things suddenly took a horrible turn. Turner and Tara Simkins began noticing that their 6-year-old son was acting strange, and a doctor’s visit confirmed a parent’s worst nightmare: Leukemia. For the next four years, the Simkins family faced seemingly insurmountable circumstances. At one point, the doctor told them “there are no more options” and gave their son 3 months to live—but Turner and Tara, fueled by grit and a strong faith in God, pressed on, looking for alternate options. Their son survived and is now a teenager. In this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Turner and Tara sit down with Jim and John to tell their story.

Book by guests: Possibilities

Focus on the Family provides relevant, practical support to help families thrive in every stage of life.  Listen to their daily radio show weekdays on Vision. Find your local times here.

Feature image via

More from Focus on The Family

Dad’s Toolkit

It’s a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the value of family, and in particular the role of dads, as Father’s Day approaches. What are your strengths as a parent? Are there some areas you could grow in? How do you begin your journey of becoming the parent God has called you to be?

Helping Your Child Through Their First Relationship

We all want to be approachable as parents, but it may be difficult to maintain composure when our kids come home to tell us they have their first boyfriend or girlfriend.

Banning Mobile Phones in Schools

When it comes to our kids, mobile phones can be both a great blessing and a bit of a curse. Schools are just beginning to outlaw them, but not everyone agrees with the decision.

Tips for Travelling with Kids

Going on holidays with family can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. One of the best things you can do is plan ahead.